CGIA Board Nominations Are Open

The California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) Board nominations are still open, but will close at the end of the day tomorrow.  Nominate yourself or someone that would like to run for the following openings:

Board Officer positions open for nominations:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary

Board Member Categories open for nomination:

  • Federal Government
  • City Government
  • Regional Governments and Districts
  • State Governments
  • Education
  • Private Sector Companies
  • Professional Societies and Not-for-Profits.

More info here and forms to nominate.

ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor

ESRI has announced the release of the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor, available in beta on the ArcGIS for Developers website.  The tool gives you a fast and easy way to create a custom basemap style.

By selecting an existing vector basemap, you can customize the layer colors and labels.  You can edit everything from fill and text symbols to fonts, halos, patterns, transparency, and zoom level visibility.  When you are finished, the styles are saved as an item in ArcGIS Online with a unique ID.  The map viewer or any custom application can then reference the ID to display the basemap.  Check it out.


City Health Dashboard

The City Health Dashboard is an online resource with community-level health, social, and economic data for the 500 largest cities in the US.  The dashboard reports on 36 key measures of health, such as obesity and opioid overdose deaths, as well as the conditions that influence health, such as housing affordability and reading proficiency.  The dashboard represents a first of its kind effort to provide city and neighborhood level data from multiple national sources, creating a one stop online resource to help city leaders and residents pinpoint and take action on gaps in health and opportunity.  Check it out!


2017 Geography Graduate Program Rankings

Though the article is from last year, I think it still applies if you are a student looking for a great Geography Graduate Program for the fall.  You can check out the rankings here.

Some top schools in California include UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Berkeley.

The article also touches on why online might not be a good idea for a graduate program and just taking GIS courses for a GIS certificate does not give you a deeper understanding of the world and teach you the ability to think spatially … Geography will.

Radio Garden

Radio Garden is an interactive globe that allows visitors to listen to over 8,000 live radio stations from around the world.  When you visit the site, radio stations are loaded and then you will be directed to the radio station closest to your current location.  From there, you can explore other stations around the globe.  Cities with multiple participating stations will have a list appear on the right side of the browser, allowing you to choose which station to listen to.  By selecting the History tab or the Jingles tab, you can explore historic radio broadcasts and station jingles from across time and space.  Check it out!